Giv­ing La­mont the lot

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Stage - Tanya MacNaughton

IT re­quires a lot of en­ergy and vo­cal en­durance for Erika Heynatz to play 1920s ac­tress Lina La­mont in Aus­tralian pro­duc­tion Sin­gin’ in the Rain but she is hav­ing a blast as the noisy char­ac­ter.

“We had a di­alect coach teach me how to lift my lar­ynx when I talk,” Heynatz said.

“So it’s fine, al­though I’m sure it hurts ev­ery­one else’s ears more than it does mine.

“It’s such an iconic mu­si­cal and she is this in­cred­i­bly glam­orous Hol­ly­wood star­let that it gives me per­mis­sion to have the ul­ti­mate diva melt­down, which re­ally ap­peals to me.

“I’ve never had the op­por­tu­nity to play a comedic role; she’s such a great char­ac­ter and I love the arc of her story.”

Heynatz, who is based in Syd­ney, loved the role so much that she did not hes­i­tate tak­ing it on de­spite re­hearsals start­ing only three months af­ter her son Char­lie was born.

It fol­lowed a re­cur­ring guest role on Home and Away and parts in mu­si­cals Le­gally Blonde and The Rocky Hor­ror Show.

Sin­gin’ in the Rain has toured in­ter­state be­fore it opens at Crown The­atre Perth on De­cem­ber 31.

“A lot of peo­ple asked me what I was think­ing but my dad was in the Navy, so we moved around so much and my mum was very re­as­sur­ing,” Heynatz said.

“She said ba­bies were very adapt­able and I think it’s all about the nur­tur­ing en­vi­ron­ment you cre­ate for them.

“I’m with Char­lie all day and then come into work at night; I run it like a mil­i­tary op­er­a­tion down to the last minute.”

Erika Heynatz as Lina La­mont.

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